BTEC Extended Certificate in Business

Level 3

Qualification BTEC Extended Certificate in Business

Equivalent to 1 A Level

Duration 2 years


What will I study?

Exploring Business

In this unit you will learn about the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. You will produce a piece of coursework (that is internally assessed) that compares two businesses in terms of their organisation, purpose and features, stakeholders and the markets in which they operate and how this is influenced by the external environment.

Developing a marketing campaign

In this unit you will learn about the role of marketing, market research methods and the marketing mix. You will then learn how to use this information to produce a marketing campaign. This is externally assessed and will be a written task that is submitted by computer. You will be issued the marketing campaign brief and market research the day before your assessment giving you time to plan and research what you might include in the campaign. These notes can be taken into the exam with you.

Personal and Business Finance

In this unit you will study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. You will learn about the functions and role of money, different ways to pay, current accounts and how to manage your personal finances. You will also learn about different financial institutions, the purpose of accounting, types of expenditure and the different sources of finance a business can access. You will also learn how to use accounting concepts such as breakeven, cashflow, final accounts and ratio analysis. This is assessed by a written exam paper.

Recruitment and Selection

In this unit you will learn how effective recruitment and selection can contribute to business success and what is involved in this process. This is assessed internally, and you will investigate recruitment process in a large organisation and then take part in the process itself and evaluate how successful you were.

Study Visits

There will be various study visits which form a compulsory part of the course and must be attended as far as possible, these may include Cadbury world, Manchester Airport, Manufacturing plants, Alton Towers, Meadowhall and Magna.


£20 approx.

Work Experience

All students studying BTEC programmes are encouraged to complete a work placement to gain experience and develop employability skills. Your teachers and careers will assist you in finding suitable opportunities.


Units 1 and 8 are internally assessed and Units 2 and 3 are externally assessed.

Entry Criteria

Standard TRC Level 3 entry requirements including Grade 4 in English Language. Grade 3 in Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Economics, IT, Law and Languages.


Business Administrator, Sustainability Consultant, Business Advisor, Trainee Accountant, Book Keeping.

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Flying start

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Business Level 3 Flying start

Course Overview

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BTEC Business Level 3 Course Overview